Category: Education

Talk/Read/Succeed – Inspiration and Ideas from Springfield

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

With an ambitious, citywide goal, what’s the right scale to get started? What target population is small enough that results are achievable and the impacts tangible? In Springfield, Massachusetts, it looks like the answer is 180 families.

June 27, 2013 | Category: Education

Getting to "Whole Child Time"

Rahn Dorsey

Guest Author · Former Evaluation Director & Program Officer

What would it take to move beyond a school- and classroom-bound view of where learning and youth development actually happens – to explore more holistic approaches?

June 07, 2013 | Category: Education

Doors Open

Melinda Marble

Guest Author · Former Deputy Director

"Doors Open" is a new short film featuring three schools that opened their doors for the very first time in Boston this fall. Each school is a compelling story—of vision, mission, and bright hopes for kids. Looked at together in this film, they are also part of an even bigger story about breakthroughs in old debates about public education.

January 08, 2013 | Category: Education

Talking ELL's in BPS

Pat Brandes

Guest Author · Former Executive Director

Claudio Martinez

Claudio Martinez

Executive Director, La Vida Scholars, La Vida Scholars

Over two years ago, the Gaston Institute at UMass Boston issued a scathing report on the status of English Language Learners in the Boston Public Schools.

February 22, 2012 | Category: Education

New and Refined Directions for Early Education at Barr

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

A 2011 strategy review of Barr’s approach to early education led to new and refined directions for this work in 2012 and beyond.

February 14, 2012 | Category: Education

Come Together Right Now...

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

How has Boston thrived in a resource-constrained era of fierce political divisions?

February 07, 2012 | Category: Education

More Racing to the Top in Massachusetts

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly Haskins

Senior Program Officer, Cross-Program Initiatives

In December 2011, Massachusetts was named one of only nine states to receive grants under the federal “Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge,” a successor to the Obama Administration’s competitive K–12 “Race to the Top” program.

February 02, 2012 | Category: Education

The OPPORTUNITY City on a Hill

Rahn Dorsey

Guest Author · Former Evaluation Director & Program Officer

What would it take to make Boston the premiere "opportunity city?"

December 27, 2011 | Category: Education

Beyond Silver Bullets, the Levers for Change

Pat Brandes

Guest Author · Former Executive Director

Risk, failure, silver bullets, systems thinking, and reaching beyond significant change to transformation – opening remarks from Pat Brandes at a breakfast meeting of the Massachusetts Education Innovators at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

December 19, 2011 | Category: Education

A Big Leap for Quality in Early Education

An interview between Stefan Lanfer, Barr's Knowledge Officer and Amy O'Leary, Director of the Early Education for All Campaign and mav Pardee, Program Manager of the Children's Investment Fund.

October 24, 2011 | Category: Education